Where to celebrate Juneteenth in Atlanta


Celebrated by black Americans since the latter part of the 19th century, Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the USA. Sometimes referred to as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, June 19, 1865 marks the date Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston to declare the end of slavery in Texas, despite the proclamation of emancipation published two years earlier in 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln.

From backyard barbecues with family and friends to block parties and festivals all over town, food plays an essential role in the annual celebration, especially red foods such as red velvet cake, strawberry pie, and hot ties paired with strawberry soda and hibiscus tea to drink. Below are a few food events, festivals, and Atlanta restaurant specials to consider this year. Check back for guide updates throughout the week.

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Juneteenth at Wonderkid restaurant in Reynoldstown

Celebrate Juneteenth with soul food specials Chef Justin Dixon, cocktails, live music, a pop-up plant shop and a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic. The profits of the day will be donated to Atlanta Executives Club. Reservations strongly encouraged.

Café Refuge June 17th market

Cafe Refuge will organize a market on June 10 at the corner of Auburn and Piedmont avenues with over 30 black owned businesses and a pop-up gallery by artist Macon Charvis Harrell. Saturday June 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Nourish Botanica and Gratitude Botanical Farm Volunteer Planting Day and Picnic

Join the next Atlanta Café and Greenhouse Nourish Botanica at Botanical farm of gratitude for a morning of volunteer work on the farm and planting, followed by a picnic provided by Sweetgreen. The day will also serve as a kick-start to Nourish Botanica’s fundraising campaign to help purchase land in South Atlanta to build the restaurant and greenhouse. Gratitude Botanical Farm will also donate food to people in need within the community for each agricultural share purchased this week. Saturday June 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. register here.

Gilly Brew Bar at Peter Street Station

Stone Mountain Café and Gilly Brew Bar pop-up incubator will be at Peter Street Station at Castleberry Hill on Saturday evening serving a special enriched Juneteenth elixir. The pop-up event celebrates variations on mint julep and the story of John Dabney, who bought his and his wife’s freedom from slavery and became a renowned bartender and caterer in Richmond, Virginia. Saturday June 19 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Buy your tickets here.

Chef Jennifer Booker’s Hibiscus Tea Punch

Order author and chef Jennifer Booker’s Juneteenth Jubilee Hibiscus Lemonade Punch Mix.

Black-owned Atlanta restaurants offering Juneteenth specialties

For the second year, Black-owned restaurants in Atlanta and Chicago will participate in a Juneteenth celebration hosted by Black people eat offering menu specials for $ 6.19 and $ 16.19. View the full list of participating restaurants here. Friday June 18 and Saturday June 19.

Sweet Auburn Juneteenth Historic Celebration and Coloring Book Launch

On Saturdays, head to the Atlanta Breakfast Club on Auburn Avenue for food and coloring book launch collaboration between Rejection and ATL color, with 19 artists from Atlanta. The Atlanta Breakfast Club and Local Green Atlanta will both be available for food purchases during the Juneteenth event and parade. Saturday June 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Juneteenth Festival at Centennial Olympic Park

This family festival over a weekend features a Saturday Black History Parade starting at the King Memorial Center and 22 acres of musical acts, speakers, food and artist vendors at Centennial Olympic Park. The Downtown Atlanta Festival is said to be the biggest Juneteenth event in the Southeast. Follow on Instagram for updates and for the schedule of musical acts throughout the weekend. Friday June 18 – Sunday June 20.

East Point Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom Festival

The town of East Point and the Atlanta NAACP is hosting an 11 a.m. parade, followed by a family festival with food vendors, music and performers on Saturdays in the Downtown Commons. Saturday June 19 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

June Festival at Stone Mountain Village

The town of Stone Mountain This year hosts its first-ever Juneteenth Festival on Main Street in Stone Mountain Village, with food, music and fireworks throughout the evening. Saturday June 19 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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